Conservative Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb celebrates emphatic victory

Western Telegraph: Stephen Crabb celebrates his victory with wife Beatrice Stephen Crabb celebrates his victory with wife Beatrice

Stephen Crabb is celebrating an emphatic victory this morning (Friday), as he held onto his Preseli Pembrokeshire seat by an overwhelming majority.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire result was announced shortly after 4am, following a tense recount of both Labour candidate Mari Rees' and Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Tregoning's ballot papers.

Mr Crabb retained the seat by a majority of 4,605, a huge difference from the 2005 election when he took the seat from Labour with only 607 votes.

“I'm absolutely thrilled with the result,” he said. “To win with a substantially increased majority, we're delighted with that.

“We knew that it would be a tough fight, a close race. Pembrokeshire is a marginal area. To get returned with a majority of over 4,000 is very pleasing indeed.”

Mr Crabb thanked the voters of Pembrokeshire for giving him the opportunity to go back to Westminster and represent this “very very special constituency”, saying it was a huge privilege and honour to be a member of parliament.

The former Tasker Milward student said his pledge to his constituents remained the same one he made five years ago.

“I don't want Pembrokeshire to have ever had a harder working MP than myself,” he said.

“My promise is to always put the interest of local people first, whatever the issue that comes up in the House of Commons.”

The Conservative team were planning to celebrate at Haverfordwest's Balfour Club followed by breakfast at the nearby Wetherspoons . Mr Crabb said he hoped that his party would find itself in a position to form the national government.

“I do believe this country needs that change,” he said.

Mr Crabb's main opponent was Labour's Mari Rees, who moved back to her native Pembrokeshire to fight for the Preseli Pembrokeshire seat.

Ms Rees said that she was disappointed both for the people who voted Labour, and who wanted a Labour government, as well as her hard-working campaign team.

She said that the feeling on the doorsteps of Pembrokeshire had been very positive and supportive towards the Labour government.

“ I do think that we have been subject to the Lib Dem bounce and the national trend,” she added.

Mari said she had made Pembrokeshire her home and would be more than happy to stand again.

“We may not have been victorious this time,” she said, “ but we will be back and we will be victorious.”

The full results for the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency were: Stephen Crabb (Welsh Conservative) 16,944 Mari Rees (Labour) 12,339 Nick Tregoning (Liberal Democrat) 5,759 Henry Ellis Jines-Davies (Plaid Cymru) 3,654 Richard Maxwell Lawson (UKIP) 906

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8:34am Fri 7 May 10

OldeGrumpee says...

An overwhelming victory.....more people in Pembrokeshire DON'T want him as our MP than those that DO - hardly outstanding support.

I'd rather see a coalition of Mari Rees & Nick Tregoning representing us at Westminster, we could pay both of their expenses and it would still be cheaper overall I'm sure.
An overwhelming victory.....more people in Pembrokeshire DON'T want him as our MP than those that DO - hardly outstanding support. I'd rather see a coalition of Mari Rees & Nick Tregoning representing us at Westminster, we could pay both of their expenses and it would still be cheaper overall I'm sure. OldeGrumpee

10:12am Fri 7 May 10

indeview says...

What a wonderful democratic system in which a majority mandate of over 4,000 can be claimed, when a total of 22,658 did not vote for the "winner" with 16,944 votes.

Reminds me of the mandate claimed by the Independent Group formed post local authority election.
What a wonderful democratic system in which a majority mandate of over 4,000 can be claimed, when a total of 22,658 did not vote for the "winner" with 16,944 votes. Reminds me of the mandate claimed by the Independent Group formed post local authority election. indeview

1:09pm Fri 7 May 10

OldeGrumpee says...

The tone of this article, including the comment attributed to the photograph of Mari Rees is very patronising and not very unbiased at ALL.
The tone of this article, including the comment attributed to the photograph of Mari Rees is very patronising and not very unbiased at ALL. OldeGrumpee

9:10pm Fri 7 May 10

Quizomodo says...

Indeview and OldeGrumpee - What do you want Crabb to do about the fact that a lot of people don't care enough to vote? Drag them to the polling booth? In most PR systems he would still have won, so what's your answer? Sarcasm? Another conspiracy theory? OldeGrumpee, I think you may actually be mental.
Indeview and OldeGrumpee - What do you want Crabb to do about the fact that a lot of people don't care enough to vote? Drag them to the polling booth? In most PR systems he would still have won, so what's your answer? Sarcasm? Another conspiracy theory? OldeGrumpee, I think you may actually be mental. Quizomodo

9:15pm Fri 7 May 10

William 1 says...

The local lad done good! You got to admit it though he didn't have much competition though. A Lib Dem candidate who is a councillor in Swansea, a labour candidate who claimed she was local by having the name "Rees"! Mind you shame about the "Hung Parliament" scenario! Seems likely to be a Conservative Lib Dem coalition at the moment.
The local lad done good! You got to admit it though he didn't have much competition though. A Lib Dem candidate who is a councillor in Swansea, a labour candidate who claimed she was local by having the name "Rees"! Mind you shame about the "Hung Parliament" scenario! Seems likely to be a Conservative Lib Dem coalition at the moment. William 1

5:54pm Sat 8 May 10

quentin says...

So, the sun still came up this morning;the air is still clean and fresh.
Crabb got in, Rees and the rest did'nt. So What, big deal!
And I hope they all remove their graffiti from the hedgerows and front gardens as quickly as they put it up .
So, the sun still came up this morning;the air is still clean and fresh. Crabb got in, Rees and the rest did'nt. So What, big deal! And I hope they all remove their graffiti from the hedgerows and front gardens as quickly as they put it up . quentin

11:30pm Sat 8 May 10

js9325 says...

The sea of blue posters spoke eloquently of Conservative funds. Not sure it made any difference, other than to Lord Ashcrofts bank balance, but it does rather illustrate how totally unfair the current electoral system is.
The sea of blue posters spoke eloquently of Conservative funds. Not sure it made any difference, other than to Lord Ashcrofts bank balance, but it does rather illustrate how totally unfair the current electoral system is. js9325

9:51am Mon 10 May 10

Tim McMahon says...

quentin wrote:
So, the sun still came up this morning;the air is still clean and fresh. Crabb got in, Rees and the rest did'nt. So What, big deal! And I hope they all remove their graffiti from the hedgerows and front gardens as quickly as they put it up .
Agree about the posters of all parties remaining in hedgerows and fields and gardens taken ages to be removed(like altering many public buildings clocks when the time goes forward or back).It should be the victors first task as being voted in in gratitude to the electorate before they go off to Westminister and forget us for another five years.
[quote][p][bold]quentin[/bold] wrote: So, the sun still came up this morning;the air is still clean and fresh. Crabb got in, Rees and the rest did'nt. So What, big deal! And I hope they all remove their graffiti from the hedgerows and front gardens as quickly as they put it up .[/p][/quote]Agree about the posters of all parties remaining in hedgerows and fields and gardens taken ages to be removed(like altering many public buildings clocks when the time goes forward or back).It should be the victors first task as being voted in in gratitude to the electorate before they go off to Westminister and forget us for another five years. Tim McMahon

1:46pm Fri 14 May 10

mari rees says...

William 1 wrote:
The local lad done good! You got to admit it though he didn't have much competition though. A Lib Dem candidate who is a councillor in Swansea, a labour candidate who claimed she was local by having the name "Rees"! Mind you shame about the "Hung Parliament" scenario! Seems likely to be a Conservative Lib Dem coalition at the moment.
Dear William

I do not claim to be local on the grounds that my surname is Rees. I claim local connections on the grounds that I now live in Milford and my family comes from West Wales. If it helps you to come to terms with that, I can tell you, as obviously I have a far greater knowledge of my family history then you are likely to have, my paternal grandfather, Daniel Rees was one of fourteen brothers. One of whom was Albert Rees - the butchers. There are Reeses throughout the county, descended from those fourteen brothers. I do hope that satisfies your curiosity as to my heritage
[quote][p][bold]William 1[/bold] wrote: The local lad done good! You got to admit it though he didn't have much competition though. A Lib Dem candidate who is a councillor in Swansea, a labour candidate who claimed she was local by having the name "Rees"! Mind you shame about the "Hung Parliament" scenario! Seems likely to be a Conservative Lib Dem coalition at the moment.[/p][/quote]Dear William I do not claim to be local on the grounds that my surname is Rees. I claim local connections on the grounds that I now live in Milford and my family comes from West Wales. If it helps you to come to terms with that, I can tell you, as obviously I have a far greater knowledge of my family history then you are likely to have, my paternal grandfather, Daniel Rees was one of fourteen brothers. One of whom was Albert Rees - the butchers. There are Reeses throughout the county, descended from those fourteen brothers. I do hope that satisfies your curiosity as to my heritage mari rees

1:55pm Fri 14 May 10

mari rees says...

Most people in Preseli Pembrokeshire did not vote Tory. Most voted for centre left parties, many voted Lib Dem across the UK to keep the Tories out. Their disappointment at their leadership’s actions has meant 10,000 now ex-Lib Dems have joined Labour this week. There will almost certainly be a second General Election this year and I fancy the result will be very different.
Most people in Preseli Pembrokeshire did not vote Tory. Most voted for centre left parties, many voted Lib Dem across the UK to keep the Tories out. Their disappointment at their leadership’s actions has meant 10,000 now ex-Lib Dems have joined Labour this week. There will almost certainly be a second General Election this year and I fancy the result will be very different. mari rees

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